With the Republican Party still locked in a rather heady and heavy battle over the GOP’s figurative steering wheel, the old guard stands with the most to lose.
The younger, fresher, MAGA-aligned wing of the party has produced a far more enthusiastic response from the voters, and the nigh-ancient rules of engagement ascribed to by the elder statesmen of the Republican Party are handcuffing these moderates’ ability to respond.
Simply put: They don’t have much of an answer for social media-savvy lawmakers who are reaching untold numbers of future voters over the internet.
And so, it’s far to reckon that the old guard of the Party will be looking to their most senior leaders for a path forward. Unfortunately for them, the Senator who most fits that description has just taken a nasty tumble.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell suffered a concussion after a fall at a local hotel and remains hospitalized “for a few days of observation and treatment,” a spokesman said Thursday.
The Kentucky senator, 81, was at a Wednesday evening dinner for the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign committee aligned with him, when he tripped and fell. The dinner was at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC, formerly the Trump International Hotel.
The Senator’s team did not appear to be rattled by the incident.
Spokesman David Popp said McConnell is being treated for a concussion and “is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.” McConnell’s office did not provide additional detail on his condition or how long he may be absent from the Senate.
President Biden reached across the aisle on social media in response to the news.
President Joe Biden tweeted that he wishes McConnell a “speedy recovery” and looks forward to seeing him back on the Senate floor.
Of course, McConnell may be one of the last things standing between Biden and the MAGA Movement, and Joe knows better than to miss an opportunity for hospitality on that account.
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